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Artisanal Ice Cubes at Rosewood Hotels Are... Wait For It... Pretty Cool

May 29, 2014 at 11:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

Awesome things that were frozen: Walt Disney (not really), Ted Williams (yes, really), Adela Dazeem, Madonna that one time, and lots of really important water. Even better things that are frozen: rosemary sprigs, pomegranate seeds, lemon grass, and Tabasco sauce. In ice cubes. In your cocktail. Clink-clink.

Because the craft mixology boom wasn’t satisfied with simply pouring small-batch spirits into hand-blown mason jars, we have moved into the uncharted territory of artisanal ice. And at the forefront, it would appear, is Rosewood Hotels & Resorts. Several properties in the group have launched ambitious cocktail menus that use ice cubes with recipes as complex as the drinks they chill.

Suspended inside these glass-cooling glaciers are ingredients like blackberries, pineapple compote and thyme. And though most cocktail nerds already know that expertly used ice helps control the booze-to-water ratio of a drink, these artisanal cubes time-release additional frozen flavors in a smart, inventive way that further refines the taste of the drink.

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La Vita è Più Bella at the Mondrian Soho's New Soda Shoppe

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  Site Where: 9 Crosby Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10013
May 16, 2014 at 2:01 PM | by | Comments (0)

As of last night, a a 1950's-inspired Italian beach club has taken over the penthouse rooftop at the Mondrian Soho. But there will be cocktails and gelato to go along with the party beats.

Sonny's Soda Shoppe is an homage to the Italian resort town,Forte Dei Marmi, and is decked out in classic Italian umbrella stripes with a 30-foot photo mural of the Tuscan coast from designer DeVinn Bruce that.

And what's a trip to Italy--either real or inspired--without ice cream? Indeed Sonny's Soda Shoppe will serve rotating flavors from delicious gelateria Laboratorio Gelato, signature pizzas and snacks by Isola executive chef Victor LaPlaca ($10 a slice; $18-20 a pizza); and market fresh Italian cocktails, "Gelato Floats", and frozen Limoncello by mixologist Julio Torres.

The soda shoppe will open from Wednesday to Friday from 6pm to 12am and from Friday to Sunday from 4pm to 12am.

[Photo: Mondrian Soho/Instagram]

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Welcome to LOCL View, The Newest Hotel Rooftop in NYC

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  Site Where: 222 West 77th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10024
May 12, 2014 at 9:54 AM | by | Comments (0)

With the weather (at last) warming up, New York City hotels are uncovering their rooftop bars and al fresco drinking spots. One of the newest on the scene is LOCL View, the 16th-floor terrace bar at NYLO Hotel NYC, which opens this evening.

In an area not greatly known for its rooftop bars, the new bar will offer views of the Natural History Museum, Central Park and Hudson River, and is open to the public daily from 5-9pm, serving wine, beer and a rotating weekly cocktail (starting with Sangria) -- accompanied by live acoustic guitar.

Meanwhile, the ground-level LOCL Bar are opening up their large glass garage door to offer outdoor seating at their sidewalk cafe. LOCL offers a seasonal cocktail menu and live music several nights a week.

[Photo: NYLO NYC]

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Hilton Burlington's Mounted Cat is a Slightly Different Biker Bar

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  Site Where: 60 Battery St. [map], Burlington, VT, United States, 05401
May 8, 2014 at 9:19 AM | by | Comments (0)

Bike maintenance stations get your Huffy purring.

Introducing: a biker bar where you’re more likely to wear Birkenstocks than leather boots.

Vermont visitors will find that the 258-room Hilton Burlington has rolled out a new lobby restaurant, The Mounted Cat, which is sure to gain traction with local cyclists. That’s because it’s located adjacent to the Burlington bike path, and boasts two “maintenance stations” offering free help to bikers in need: a handful of common tools for tune-ups, plus an air station. There’s also covered bike parking and complimentary water bottle fill-ups. Suddenly, “ride-sharing” has a whole new meaning. (Cue: “aw!” chorus and schmaltzy Full House music.)

But bikers may want to spend more time at The Mounted Cat than just the few minutes needed to tighten that doohickey or adjust the thingamajig. (We are very serious bikers here at HotelChatter, guys.) The curiously named restaurant evokes a modern farmhouse – you know, the kind where “reclaimed wooden planks” and “bar tops with tablet docking stations” coexist in peaceful harmony.

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Conrad's Loopy Doopy is Reopening, Now with Even More Booze Pops

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  Site Where: 102 North End Avenue [map], New York, NY, United States, 10282
April 28, 2014 at 9:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

Two of the best things about summer are sipping cocktails in rooftop bars and cooling down with a cold popsicle. At the Conrad New York, you won't have to choose between the two.

The hotel's Loopy Doopy Rooftop Bar is reopening for the season on May and along with its signature Prosecco & Ice Pop cocktail – an alcohol-infused ice pop served in a glass of Prosecco from the bar’s very own tap, the bar is partnering with the NYC-based people’s pops brand, to serve seasonal boozy ice pops.

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Spot Prince George, Mick Jagger, and More at Rosewood London’s Scarfes Bar

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  Site Where: 252 High Holborn, London, United Kingdom, WC1 7EN
April 15, 2014 at 9:14 AM | by | Comments (0)

Little George Alexander Louis of Cambridge may be making his Antipodean debut on the current royal tour (and looking as a cute as a button in the process, we might add), but closer to his home of Clarence House, the baby Prince can now also boast his first caricature at Rosewood London’s Scarfes Bar.

Drawn by cartoonist and illustrator Gerald Scarfe, Prince George is in good company for many reasons: his creator’s credentials range from illustrations for the New Yorker to Pink Floyd, and aside from his immediately family (including QEII and one of her corgis), he is surrounded by everyone from James Bond and Simon Cowell to the Rolling Stones and David Beckham across eight large canvases.

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Funky Friday: Saddle Up to The Bar at The Ranch at Rock Creek

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  Site Where: 79 Carriage House Lane, Philipsburg, Montana, 59858
April 11, 2014 at 4:01 PM | by | Comments (0)

Welcome to Funky Friday, a new segment we’re trying out which features one photo that we think singularly expresses a hotel’s inner psyche. We look for, and often find, a lot of wacky, wild and wondrous designs that seem to have one thing in common: a Type A personality. So why not have a bit of fun as we all wrap up our week by taking a quick look at some hotels that quite frankly, want our attention.

For this week’s Funky Friday, we’re taking a lighthearted look at the concept of dude ranch (a real ranch that has been converted to a pretend ranch) as hotel and more specifically, that of the luxury dude ranch. While it would be unheard of back in the 1800s, you’ll find it today at The Ranch at Rock Creek. (Yes, the site of the recent nuptials for Kate Bosworth)

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Funky Friday: You can Leave your Hat On, Or Not, at Portago Urban

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  Site Where: Plaza de Fortuny 6, 18009 Granada
April 4, 2014 at 4:16 PM | by | Comment (1)

Welcome to Funky Friday, a new segment we’re trying out which features one photo that we think singularly expresses a hotel’s inner psyche. We look for, and often find, a lot of wacky, wild and wondrous designs that seem to have one thing in common: a Type A personality. So why not have a bit of fun as we all wrap up our week by taking a quick look at some hotels that quite frankly, want our attention.

Take the “ky” out of “funky” and what you have is fun. This week’s Funky Friday edition takes a lighthearted look at the fun, if not funny, side of hospitality design. Our featured image is the cocktail lounge at Portago Urban in Granada, Spain.

Portago Urban is one of two independently hip properties of Portago Hotels, the other being nearby Portago Suites. The hotel group takes its name from the Marquis de Portago, Spain’s first Ferrari race care driver. (By the way, Ferrari is planning its first hotel, look for details soon.)

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Ritz Paris' Hemingway Bar Will Be at the Connaught London Next Week

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  Site Where: Carlos Place, Mayfair, London, United Kingdom, W1K 2AL
April 2, 2014 at 9:06 AM | by | Comments (0)

If you haven’t caught Colin Field, head bartender of Hemingway at Hotel Ritz Paris, at 30,000 feet on Air France, next week you will have the chance to drink his cocktails at lower altitude. Much lower in fact, as he will be setting up at the Bar in the Connaught London, during a week-long residence from April 7 to April 13.

Colin will be joining Agostino Perrone, director of mixology for the Connaught Bar, to create a special drinks menu that brings together their individual styles.

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Precinct Kitchen + Bar, Opening Soon at The Loews Boston Hotel

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  Site Where: 350 Stuart Street [map], Boston, MA, United States, 02116
March 18, 2014 at 5:40 PM | by | Comments (0)

Seafood, fire pits and prison puns (we hope!) will manifest at this new destination restaurant.

Last month we arrested your attention with “before and after” shots of the renovated guest rooms at the Loews Boston Hotel, which wraps up its $10 million facelift by the end of March. (Head here if you need a refresher.)

Now we find out that the building, which once upon a time served as Boston Police Headquarters, will have an on-site restaurant where travelers and locals alike will want to serve a sentence – and the menu goes well beyond bread and water. (Sorry, these prison references just write themselves.)

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Should This Hotel Be Giving Free Drinks to Google Glass Owners?

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  Site Where: 905 California St [map], San Francisco, CA , United States, 94108
March 18, 2014 at 3:31 PM | by | Comments (0)

We thought it was cool that the ACME Hotel in Chicago was offering Google Glass as an amenity for guests to borrow during their stay but in San Francisco, the odds of guests already owning Google Glass are much higher. So the newly relaunched Stanford Court Hotel decided to offer a free drink to anyone who walks into the Aurea Lounge wearing Google Glass and subsequently uploads a photo to social media with the hashtag #stanfordcourt.

The new management at the hotel (you can read about the new hirings here) said they wanted to do this because, "of the recent string of negative press" against Google Glass. Hmm. So far this is the only tweet with the appropriate hashtag that we've seen. We can't tell if this person was wearing Google Glass or not. We think not.

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Now Here's Hoping The Park Hyatt New York Gets a Liquor License

Where: 153 W. 57th St. [map], New York, NY, United States
March 17, 2014 at 7:51 PM | by | Comments (3)

Just last week, we got overly excited about the opening date for the Park Hyatt New York (according to the website it's August 28th; according to hotel insiders, it's sometime earlier in the summer.) But then a reader tipped us off to this report from DNAInfo.com which said the hotel had been denied a liquor license from the community board. Oh sh*t.

Neighbors who live behind the building sent their recommendation to the State Liquor Authority to not approve a liquor license for their hotel because they are worried a second-floor terrace will host loud outdoor parties "that would echo through their rear courtyard." They're also pretty fed up with all the 24-hour construction drama that One57 has caused in the past few years and so this might be a little way to exact some revenge for all the nuisance the building has already caused.

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